Story and Pictures by Deborah Blencowe
Since the last issue of The Burngreave Messenger and following on from the front page article “Ellesmere Cleans Up” there have been a further two clean up sessions which I have been lucky enough to attend.
The first was on Saturday 21st December and the second on Saturday 18th January. Both days were extremely busy with around 20 people volunteering to help out. Over 20 bags of litter collected on each occasion which shows that the problem is not going away.
There are plenty of bins in Ellesmere Park, but people are just not using them, choosing instead to throw bottles, cans and any general litter all over the place and particularly in the bushes. How and why this happens is beyond me. But it is encouraging when members of the public walking past the area give their support and tell you what a good job you are doing. One man even went to the local shop and brought us bottles of water which was much appreciated. The Ellesmere litter picking group intend to continue with this mission.
The next session will be on Saturday 18th April. If you feel you have the time and inclination to help out please meet us around 10am near the Ellesmere Children’s Centre. Litter picking equipment will be provided.